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Brin romps in circuit court clerk contest

Keith West Grayslake (left) his wife Rupam C. Dave look photos their sRian 4 her phone democratic headquarters North Avenue

Keith West of Grayslake (left) and his wife Rupam C. Dave look at photos of their son Rian, 4, on her phone at the democratic headquarters on North Avenue in Waukegan. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 8, 2012 6:37AM

The chief deputy of the clerk of the circuit courts is going to need new business cards.

Republican candidate Keith Brin of Highland Park won about 55 percent of the votes for Lake County’s Clerk of the Circuit Courts, according to preliminary results.

“I’m proud and honored to have been chosen. Now comes the really hard part, to fill campaign promises. This is just the beginning. We have some work ahead of us. I’m proud to have been chosen as clerk of the Lake County courts,” Brin said.

Brin, 40, beat Democratic opponent Rupam Davé of Grayslake. Davé, 50, has been a practicing attorney for more than 20 years.

Brin said he thought he was able to relay his experience to the voters of Lake County. He said he thought his vision for the clerk of court was relayed to the electorate.

Brin’s priority for the office includes technology upgrades and good fiscal management.

As deputy clerk, Brin has been part of the technology upgrade planning process. The system upgrade is pending approval from the Illinois Supreme Court.

Brin practiced business law in Chicago and held management roles with several businesses before working for the circuit clerk’s office. Both he and Davé hold law degrees from Loyola University, Chicago.

Davé did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Preliminary voting results did not include provisional or late arriving ballots, according to the county clerk’s office.

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